R1250GS test ride
In south Africa, just like most parts of the world, 1 out of every 5 bikes sold is a GS. Based on a few factors: it's popularity, me being 50, hearing the guys over a braai saying "once you ride a GS, you will never ride anything else", etc, I decided it is time to test ride these bikes. I also hear the expression, if you want 1 bike to do it all, nothing beats the GS.
My current k1600 GTL option 719 cost 320k south African Rands and a GS or GSA with panniers, engine guards, and a slip on Akro cost 380k rands. Huge money for bike in South Africa and much more than the GTL. So for me, I cannot afford to have both bikes.
The dealer had 4 models taken out for me to ride, 1250 gs hp with standard suspension, 1250 gsa hp, 1250 gs with low suspension and a 1200 gs (2018 model).
I took each bike out for at least a half ride. spent the better part of 4 hours riding all the bikes.
The biggest disappoint for me was the vibration I felt on the seat, and the quickshifter in gears 1-3. Lots of reviewers rave about how smooth the GS is, but I am sorry, it was far from smooth in my experience. From take of, to about 60kph, lots of vibration on the seat. The quickshifter is the worst I have experienced on any bike, after 3rd gear, it is workable, and that's both upshift and downshift. The other quirk I had was how much the rear view mirrors where "in my face", no electric screen, no heated seats, and having all the cables and wiring so visible.
On the upside, I did find the lesser weight a bonus and found the bike "easy" to ride and flick around.
After my 5 hours of "adventure" riding, it felt like heaven riding my k back home, and thought to myself, I will just keep the k a little bit longer. The bike has so much more features, rides smooth as butter, and imo looks the part.
I guess to most, the GS is the best thing in the world, to me, it is not worth the money they command.
Maybe at a later stage, while still holding on to my k, is to buy a few years old, 850gs, at a much lower price.
Thought I would just share my experience with the GS.
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